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Commercial Drivers: Staying Healthy on the Road

Date posted: 07/24/2012

by Kathy Teel on
in Commercial Drivers (CDL)

2635 Commercial Drivers: Staying Healthy on the Road

It’s notoriously difficult for commercial drivers to stay healthy and fit on the road. They spend most of their time sitting, and they don’t have much access to healthy foods on the road.

However, no matter how difficult it is, there are certain health requirements CDL drivers must meet.

CDL Health Requirements

If you are a truck driver or another kind of commercial driver, you had to meet certain health requirements in order to get your commercial drivers license (CDL). States set these requirements to make sure that you and other vehicles on the road are safe.

Some of the CDL health requirements include:

  • Your blood pressure can’t be above 140/90 for a commercial driver’s license, and if it’s that high, you’ll need to prove that you’re on medication.
  • If you have diabetes, you can get a CDL if you take oral medications, but not if you take insulin shots, because of the effects of unbalanced blood sugar levels on concentration or judgment.
  • If you have a seizure disorder or any condition which would cause involuntary movement or lack of control of your body, you might not qualify for a CDL, though in some states you can get certification from your doctor that your condition is under control.
  • You have to meet minimal hearing and vision requirements.
  • You must pass a drug test.

At the least, try to maintain your health level so that it meets these requirements

Healthy Steps for CDL Drivers

It’s hard to get enough exercise and eat right when you’re on the road, but those are the building blocks of staying healthy. Fortunately, commercial drivers can do several things to keep their bodies in shape.

  • Make small changes. Instead of that triple burger, try a grilled chicken sandwich. Instead of a soda, choose water. Pick a medium order of French fries instead of a large one, and say no to “super-sizing.” These are small, easy choices that don’t affect your daily trucking routines as you drive.
  • Drink lots of water. Water keeps your metabolism going and keeps your body flushing out harmful materials. It’s necessary for every system in your body, and you can easily carry it with you in your truck or car. Refill your bottle every time you stop.
  • Avoid stress. Commercial driving can be a stressful occupation, but you can avoid some of that with good planning. Leave early enough to get to your destination with plenty of time, and check ahead to see if there are construction or accidents on your route. And don’t let the bad drivers on the road make you angry; road rage is bad for your heart and your judgment.
  • Park in the back. Look for the furthest parking places when you stop, so that you have to walk a little way to get where you’re going. Look for ways to maximize your walking, not minimize it.

Are you a commercial driver? What are some of the ways you stay healthy on the road?

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About Kathy Teel

Kathy Teel is a freelance writer and editor, a sometime college instructor, and a perpetual student. She has written extensively in the areas of local law, business, politics, addiction and recovery, marriage and sexuality, parenting, education, and religion and spirituality. She is a founding member of her town’s community theatre and works with learning disabled children in her local school. She makes her home in Missouri with her husband, another writer/ editor/ student/ actor, and her three incredibly talented children. Kathy has been writing for a living since 2006, and would love to consider new projects. Contact her at teelwriting@gmail.com. More articles by Kathy Teel

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